Thursday, August 27, 2009

Family Time

Our weekends are often scheduled full, and the little windows of time that aren't scheduled are often quickly filled with "family time". For us, family time might be just the three of us laying in bed together until 10:00 on a Saturday morning, playing with toys and enjoying a hot breakfast and coffee or it might be an impromptu gathering of 15 or 20 sisters, brothers, aunts, nephews, grandparents and cousins around an evening bonfire roasting marshmallows and playing tag. It may be spending the afternoon helping Grandpa get a tractor started or it might be enjoying one of Grandma's home-cooked meals at the kitchen table. Sometimes family time is grocery shopping with my sister, a task so much more enjoyable when you have someone to do it with. No matter how we spend our family time, its most often relaxing and always regenerating. Some of my favorite family time is the time Cliff, Gavin, and I end up enjoying at home, the time that is unplanned, working on little projects around the house, working in the gardens, or sitting on the front porch, doing nothing in particular. This week it was the time we decided at 8:30 in the evening to load up Gavin, pajamas and all, and go to Dairy Queen for ice cream. These little windows of time may be the ones I treasure the most...

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